Chiropractic Corrective Care vs. Pain Relief

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There are several ways of practicing Chiropractic. Many Chiropractors adhere to the mainstream medical model for various reasons. Unfortunately, health insurance companies play a huge role in our health care today. Most Chiropractors work with numerous health insurance companies. When a patient comes in for Chiropractic Care, they get the insurance’s recommendation for care instead of doctor’s, simply because insurance does not pay for correction of the cause of the symptom that the patient initially came in for.

It is extremely important to understand that pain is only a symptom there is always a cause. Using painkillers for pain relief only masks the symptoms and does not correct the underlying cause.

What is Corrective Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractors that utilize corrective spinal techniques have an office full of high- tech corrective equipment. Most importantly, a Chiropractic Corrective Care office will perform pre- and post X-rays, which will show and monitor correction during Chiropractic Care. Most patients will spend between 45-60 minutes in the office while receiving Corrective Chiropractic Therapy. Depending on each individual case, Chiropractic Corrective Care consists of a combination of therapeutic exercises to strengthen the muscles to hold an adjustment, traction the spine to position the spine in proper alignment. If you are experiencing neck, back, and/or low back pain and you have not had your spine checked in the last six months, schedule your Chiropractic Care appointment with Dr. Taras Odulak today.

Investing in Functional Medicine to Cure Disease

When the head of the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic approached Dr. Mark Hyman about creating a department that would employ the doctor’s specialty of “Functional Medicine,” Hyman was extremely direct.

“If I create a program there, it would cut the number of angioplasties and bypasses in half, and reduce hospital admissions,” he told clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove.

And if cutting the number of cardiac procedures at the country’s top heart hospital wasn’t alarming enough, Hyman warned that he would strive to take Functional Medicine to its ultimate end by teaching patients to care for themselves so they could avoid the hospital altogether.

“Hire me and I’ll do what I can to put you out of business,” Hyman recalled of their meeting 22 months ago.

That was just what Cosgrove, a 74-year-old cardiac surgeon who earned a Bronze Star in Vietnam, wanted to hear. And he hired Hyman.

“Toby was looking for innovation and he sees the future of medicine,” Hyman said of the man who heads the nonprofit clinic that has been a leader for nearly a century in improving medical care.

In the United States, people spent more than $2.7 trillion annually on health care in 2011, more than 80 percent of which — $2.16 trillion — was spent on chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for the most part, chronic conditions are managed with medications and procedures but not cured. Functional Medicine doctors like Hyman take a different approach. Instead of soothing the symptoms, they try to identify and eradicate the root cause of the problem through a holistic approach in treatment.

“We must consider new approaches to understanding and treating diseases,” Cosgrove said. In his book, The Cleveland Clinic Way, he writes that chronic diseases “are now so prevalent and so costly that they’re threatening to destroy America’s broader economic health.”

A Patient’s Point of View

The Center for Functional Medicine opened Sept. 23 with a staff of four physicians, a nutritionist, a Health Coach and a drastically different schedule for patients than most medical offices. Leading the team is Hyman, a 54-year-old family physician and pioneer in Functional Medicine who founded the UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts.

When a patient schedules an appointment, before seeing a doctor, she will complete a lengthy questionnaire the doctor will read and review before the initial visit. When the patient does come into the center, she will spend 60-90 minutes with the physician and another 45 minutes with a nutritionist.

At that point, the physician, nutritionist and Health Coach will work with the patient to devise a care plan that includes dietary advice.

“We take a team approach and we believe that food is medicine,” Hyman said.

The patient starts on the plan and follows up with a Health Coach.

The time commitment is greater for the health care professionals and the timeline may be slower for the patient than filling a prescription at the pharmacy. Yet, the strategy, Hyman said, is more straightforward and the effects longer lasting.

“We want to create (better) function in a body by restoring balance,” he said.

When the body can balance itself, symptoms disappear and medication becomes unnecessary. To get there, the team will create a plan that could include some combination of healthy foods, exercise and sleep while removing junk food, stress, alcohol, tobacco and anything else that tends to throw a body out of balance.

The center’s health care professionals, with decades of study and dozens of academic degrees between them, work toward a singular goal: getting good stuff into the body and bad stuff out.

“Like Einstein said, make things as simple as you can and no simpler,” Hyman said.

A Renaissance

While the practice of Functional Medicine sounds simple — good stuff in, bad stuff out — it also simplifies the experience for the many patients who already have many doctors. Take for example a patient who sees one doctor for high blood pressure, another for migraines and a third for that annoying skin condition.

Often, the patient is responsible for keeping track of which doctor is advising what.

At the Center for Functional Medicine, the medical team takes the role of coordinating care and sidesteps the common practice of dividing the patient by body part: heart doctors looking at the heart, brain doctors looking at the brain and a skin doctor looking at the outside.

“The diagnosis and treatment model is different,” Hyman said. “Say a patient comes in with psoriasis. The root cause might be something the patient’s eating.”

In the standard model, the patient would likely see a Dermatologist, not a Gastroenterologist. Then the skin doctor might prescribe topical creams or lotions that sooth the skin without curing the condition. A Functional Medicine team would endeavor to prescribe a cure: a different diet, in this case.

As physicians learn more about the body, more cures become available for what could be considered incurable, chronic conditions.

“In the last 40 years, a lot of progress has been made in defining the mechanism that creates disease,” said Dr. Jeffrey Bland, who is considered the father of Functional Medicine. Bland, coauthor with Hyman of The Disease Delusion started the Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991 and is incredibly bullish on the future of health.

The origins of disease, Bland said, can be found “in the interrelationship between environment and lifestyle and how those interact with a person’s genetic disposition.”

A person’s genes may make him susceptible to certain conditions and then the decisions he makes — choices about food, exercise, and workplace — can push him closer to or further away from developing symptoms. With Functional Medicine, doctors look at the whole picture and devise a plan to move someone away from symptoms.

“It’s different from the model that says, ‘here’s a pill for every ill,’ ” Bland said. “It’s a systems approach to biology.”

And “the pill for every ill model,” which started with the discovery of penicillin in the 1920s, paved the way for numerous medical breakthroughs. But in this era, with rising rates of chronic disease and soaring health care costs, the model may be past its prime.

“At the turn of the last century, we started to understand the origins of infectious diseases,” Bland said, adding that we are sitting in a similarly exciting moment in time. “We’re going to witness an unbelievable shift around non-communicable diseases.”

Historically, medical experts have belonged to a small and exclusive club. As they made new discoveries in health care, the information traveled slowly, even to other doctors. “It takes an average of 13 years for a health care innovation to be established as a mainstream standard of care,” Cosgrove writes in “The Cleveland Clinic Way.”

In Bland’s forecast, the speed is about to ramp up. Functional Medicine doctors are deciphering the links between environment and lifestyle choices and non-communicable diseases, like diabetes, asthma and heart disease. And because lifestyle choices are a piece of the problem, Functional Medicine doctors can share information and advise patients on actions that patients can take themselves. No prescription needed. Simultaneously, patients and doctors alike can share the information widely. “The Internet democratizes information,” Bland said.

The Cleveland Clinic Effect

The Cleveland Clinic employs more than 3,000 doctors and 40,000 other caregivers who handle 5.5 million patient visits each year. Started in 1921 by four physicians who were inspired by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the Cleveland Clinic has long been on the leading edge of medical progress. The first blood transfusions were done at the hospital in the 1920s. Coronary angioplasty — a nonsurgical procedure to open narrowed heart arteries — started there in the 1950s. And in 2007, the hospital became the first to have a chief wellness officer.

All these things are now commonplace at hospitals around the country.

Functional Medicine may be next. In several states, individual doctors have been training with Functional Medicine proponents like Bland and starting small practices. Hyman and others like him have been using the diagnostic and treatment models, although not in a large enough setting to study its effectiveness.

The Cleveland Clinic is the first large institution to offer the Functional Medicine model to its patients.

“All eyes will be on this clinic,” Bland said. “It will send a message to other regions of the country and the world.”

Within the Cleveland Clinic, other doctors are already asking to learn more and collaborate with the Functional Medicine staff. And calls from people wanting to schedule appointments have flooded in from across the country and Canada.

After plenty of dysfunction in America’s healthcare system, Cosgrove is betting the future will be functional.

Schedule a Functional Medicine appointment at East Village Chiropractic to learn how to better manage your health.

Neurofeedback Used to Treat ADHD, PTSD

In September 2013, Chris Gardner went from kicking and spinning as a black belt in taekwondo to being trapped in a world where he could not follow conversations — or even walk his dog. The 58-year-old Vienna, Va., resident had just had brain surgery to remove a large tumor, and the operation impared his mobility and cognition.

After nine months of physical and occupational therapy, he’d made little progress. So he tried Neurofeedback, hoping this controversial treatment would improve his balance and mental processes.

Neurofeedback — a type of biofeedback — uses movies, video games, computers and other tools to enable individuals to regulate their brain waves. A patient might watch a movie, for example, while hooked to sensors that send data to a computer. A therapist, following the brain activity on a monitor, programs the computer to stop the movie if an abnormal number of fast or slow brain waves is detected or if the brain waves are erratic, moving rapidly from fast to slow waves.

The stop-and-start feedback, repeated over and over in numerous sessions, seems to yield more-normal brain waves. Researchers who endorse the technique say they don’t know exactly how it works but they say the changes in brain waves result in improved ability to focus and relax.

Better focus and relaxation can seemingly help improve or eliminate such conditions as Migraines (imbalanced brain waves are associated with certain symptoms like pain) and anxiety.

Neurofeedback, which is also used for post-traumatic stress disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, has been around since the 1960s. Some research has found it promising. Other studies have been inconclusive, and some have shown no positive outcomes.

The most solid data concern ADHD, especially a recent trial involving 104 children published in March in The Journal of Pediatrics. Those who received Neurofeedback demonstrated improvements in attention and impulse control, while those who did not receive the therapy did not. These improvements persisted after six months. The authors concluded that Neurofeedback may be a “promising attention training treatment for children with ADHD.”

Gardner had read that the technique could aid in recovery from brain injuries.

“I was skeptical. But I was desperate. I felt like I was wrapped in miles of cotton and could not reach through it to touch or feel anything,” said Gardner, an electronic technology consultant. His doctor was projecting a two-to-three-year recovery period, based on Gardner’s slow progress nine months after surgery.

By his ninth Neurofeedback session, he was driving, taking power walks and working from home.

Neurofeedback treatments vary. In Gardner’s case, he sat in a chair while tiny, pulsed signals were sent to his brain. Research suggests that these signals enable the brain to revive its communication channels, which can become impaired after a brain injury.

“I couldn’t feel anything” while the treatments were underway, Gardner said. “I just sat there with my eyes closed. My therapist explained that the pulses basically reboot the brain.”

He has just completed the last of 10 treatments. “I am not 100 percent. I probably won’t stand on my head or get on a roller coaster. But I can do almost everything I couldn’t do before,” said Gardner, who’s back to his martial arts.

“Do most people become totally normal? No. But they improve,” said Michael Sitar, a Bethesda psychologist certified in Neurofeedback. He uses it to treat depression, ADHD, chronic pain and some other conditions.

“I find [that] people with focus problems can switch tasks easier. Kids who repeat themselves and who are emotionally labile become calmer and don’t repeat as much,” Sitar said. “With some complicated cases, like bipolar disorder, people may get by on less medication. Though less common, there are documented cases of nonverbal people who become verbal.”

Just Like Riding a Bike

Deborah Stokes, an Alexandria Psychologist, compares Neurofeedback to riding a bike: It’s non-conscious learning, based on the feedback, that, with repetition, can be long lasting, she said.

“We don’t know exactly how Neurofeedback works,” she said. “It’s a process where if clients get out of their own way, they relax. Over time, they get the desired brain pattern, feel calm and function better. This encourages them to stay with it.” Her team sees 30 patients a week.

Thomas Nicklin, whose family was living in Alexandria, saw Stokes for debilitating Migraines. A year and a half after beginning a drug regimen prescribed by a neurologist, he was not getting better.

Nicklin, a teenager who was in boarding school, did 45 Neurofeedback sessions over three months last year.

“Over time, Thomas went from three or four blinding Migraines a week, vomiting and daily pain, to no symptoms,” said his mother, Pat Nicklin.

Silver Spring Psychologist Robb Mapou is among the skeptics.

“I have not seen enough well-controlled, rigorous studies in most conditions for which it is recommended to show, definitively, that Neurofeedback is effective. I also think there are other therapeutic factors that can contribute to an individual’s outcome, such as discussing their problems with a therapist.”

Michelle Harris-Love, a neuroscience researcher at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network in Washington, agrees.

“I believe it is applied in some situations where we do not have enough information on the cause of a disorder or how recovery happens,” she said.

But Rex Cannon, past president of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, based in McLean, Va., cited nearly 200 peer-reviewed published articles that emphasize Neurofeedback’s effectiveness. This includes a meta-analysis of 10 studies on epilepsy patients: Although they had not responded to medications, they had a notable reduction in seizures after Neurofeedback treatment. And a study on Migraine patients reported, “Neurofeedback appears to be dramatically effective in abolishing or significantly reducing Migraine frequency in the great majority of patients.”

Patients typically have sessions two or three times a week, for a total of 10 to 40. Most sessions are 30 to 60 minutes long. They can be expensive — from $50.00 to $130.00 each. Some insurance policies cover Neurofeedback, depending on the diagnosis.

Practitioners who use Neurofeedback for medical and psychological disorders must have health-care degrees and are regulated by state agencies.

About 1,850 professionals have been certified through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. To earn that credential, they must undergo 36 hours of study in neurophysiology and related topics, complete a mentoring program to learn clinical skills and pass a standardized exam.

Mary Lee Esty, a Bethesda clinical social worker, has a small study underway treating veterans with PTSD. In an earlier study of seven veterans who used Neurofeedback, she reported, the results were promising.

“These people [in the early study] initially had minimal function. They could not work, and many attempted suicide,” she said. “One is getting a PhD now. One has a full scholarship when he could not read after his head injury. All of them are doing well.”

Esty, who received a National Institutes of Health grant for an earlier study of brain-injured patients, has used Neurofeedback to treat more than 2,500 people, mainly with brain injuries or PTSD. In her most recent and still ongoing study, she collaborates with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, which gives participants in her program post-treatment evaluations.

“I am in this collaboration because I want to get the hard data out there,” Esty said.

Cold Laser Therapy Provides New Treatment for Pain

K-Laser Therapy, the first therapy to use two wavelengths of light simultaneously, first received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration in March 2005.

Just last year, the K-Laser Class 4 Therapy Laser received FDA clearance, according to Phil Harrington, manager of training and clinical support for K-Laser USA. Dr. Taras Odulak is one of a handful of Chiropractors in New York City that offer K-Laser Therapy.

What precisely is the K-Laser and how does it work?New York City Cold Laser Therapy

“The K-Laser is a painless therapy that uses specific wavelengths of light that creates therapeutic effects such as increasing circulation, decreasing pain, inflammation, decreasing swelling and it also improves healing time,” said Samantha Kennedy, a Chiropractor at Chiropractic Health Care Associates.

Cells absorb the laser light. The result is increased circulation, which in turn brings oxygen, water and nutrients to the cells that were damaged, Kennedy said.

“It creates an optimal healing environment,” she said. “Just the normal process in your body trying to heal itself, but with the laser it just speeds up that healing process.”

K-Laser Therapy is intended for patients with acute conditions, Kennedy said. For these patients, one to six treatments are required.

For chronic conditions, between six to fifteen treatments can be required, depending on the specific ailment and the individual patient’s needs.

The Class 4 laser uses four wavelengths of light, Harrington, the K-Laser manager of training and clinical support, said. Three of them are infrared; one is visible red.

“The three infrared wavelengths penetrate much deeper into the body,” Harrington said.

“We use those three different wavelengths for a specific reason.”

This type of laser is effective at treating “almost any neuromuscular skeletal complaint,” he said, including headaches, sinus headaches or seasonal allergies as well as hip and lower back pain.

Compared to standard medical options such as taking painkillers, the Cold Laser Therapy treatment is virtually free of side effects, Harrington said.

He also said the treatments work quickly. If a patient is going to benefit from the use of the laser technology, he or she will notice something within three treatments.

“The patient does not have to undergo an extremely long treatment plan before they decide if it is going to work for them,” he said. “Typically you’ll get some sort of increase in range of motion or decreased pain or reduced muscle spasms or some positive effect fairly quickly.”

Robyn Costello, an employee with Chiropractic Health Care, is receiving the treatments to help with pain from her CrossFit workouts.

“It’s like a warm sensation; it’s actually really relaxing,” Costello said as Kennedy moved the laser around her right shoulder.

Costello said she has had the treatment on her sinuses during the winter. By the time she went home the night of the treatment, she could feel an improvement.

“With something like this, it might take two to three treatments,” Kennedy said of Costello’s shoulder treatments. “Some people feel the effect right away. Some people it might take two to three treatments and she would be better after that.”

Kennedy said the K-Laser goes deeper into the tissue than other treatments, increasing healing time versus comparable procedures such as ultrasounds or electrical stimulation.

The treatment is not for individuals who are taking medicine that makes them photo sensitive, Kennedy said.

The most common treatments provided are along the spine and shoulder-related issues. Kennedy said more than 50 percent of treatments performed are work-related issues.

Schedule your appointment for Cold Laser Therapy today, so you can feel your best.

Researchers Isolate Two Brain Regions that Generate Anxiety

new york Anxiety TreatmentAs different from a reaction to fear or a real, immediate threat, Anxiety is the anticipation of a threat in the near future. The symptoms of Anxiety disorders and the treatment of those symptoms are fundamentally understood, but the neurology of Anxiety is extremely tricky to study. For instance, researchers are aware that dysregulation of the orbitofrontal and ventrolateral prefrontal cortices are implicated in Anxiety and mood disorders, but the specific contributions of each region are not known.

A group of researchers at the University of Cambridge developed a study to measure the contributions of these regions in the Anxiety responses of marmosets. They have published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In patients experiencing Anxiety, the fear of negative outcomes has a strong negative influence on decision-making, often resulting in distress, social isolation and adverse health conditions. Sensitivity to threat is vital for the survival of an organism, but hypersensitivity and overestimation of future threats hinder proper cost-benefit decision- making in patients suffering from Anxiety and mood disorders.

Previous studies have suggested that this hypersensitivity is due to dysregulation within the prefrontal cortex, but questions persist regarding how this region affects aversive processing and the effect of negative emotional valence in decision-making.

Knowing that excitotoxic lesions on either the anterior orbitofrontal cortex or ventrolateral prefrontal cortex heighten Anxiety and fear responses in marmosets, the researchers designed an experiment to study the responses of test monkeys with temporary inactivation of these regions.

Marmosets were trained to react to two identical visual stimuli presented on each side of a touchsscreen to earn a reward of banana juice. The visual stimuli were presented on independent but identical variable-interval schedules so that the optimal strategy for maximizing reward delivery would be a relatively equal response to both stimuli.

During the course of the experiment, researchers observed the response biases of individual monkeys; each monkey favored one side of the screen or the other. Once a week, responses on one of the two stimuli would produce delivery of a punishment: an aversive loud noise that was superimposed on the unchanged reward schedule. In order to avoid spatial bias contributing to a punishment-induced bias, the punishment was always introduced on the individual monkey’s “preferred” side.

In lieu of reward, the sound produced a strong aversive response. However, when the punishment and reward were delivered simultaneously, the monkeys did not alter their behavior; the researchers conclude that the banana juice reward was “worth” responding for, despite the possibility of the punishment.

The researchers then conducted the same experiment after the inactivation of either the anterior orbitofrontal cortex or ventrolateral prefrontal cortex with a GABA agonist 20 minutes before test sessions. The inactivation of one of the two regions had no effect on responses when the test produced reward but no punishment; however, when punishment was delivered for responses on one side of the screen, animals with inactivation of the ventrolateral interior prefrontal cortex produced a strong, immediate response was to avoid the punishment.

The researchers observed no delayed or long-lasting effects when those animals were tested the subsequent day with a reward-only session. Bias developed in test animals during the reward-punishment sessions, but did not endure. Control animals that were infused with saline instead of the GABA agonist showed unchanged responses to the test in the presence of both reward and punishment.

Nonetheless, animals with inactivated anterior orbitofrontal cortices showed no effects during reward-punishment sessions, but did show a profound bias away from the previously punished side the next day. Thus, the researchers associate the activity of the vlPFC with cost-benefit analyses and the antOFC with the consolidation of memory for the punishment.

Hypothesizing that the formation of memory in anti-punishment bias was based in the amygdala and hippocampus of the marmosets, the researchers cannulated the amygdalas and anterior hippocampi of the antOFC-cannulated animals. They discovered that the inactivation of either structure eliminated the anti-punishment bias in those animals, confirming those structures as agents for the consolidation of punishment memory.

Disconnecting the amygdala from the hippocampus had the same effect as bilateral inactivations of either structure, indicating that punishment memory formation is subserved by the amygdala-hippocampal circuit.

The researchers propose that in the future, cognitive behavioral therapy for patients troubled by Anxiety disorders could be tailored to correspond with the patient’s ability to make accurate cost-benefit analyses or to form memories that lead to strong anti-punishment biases. Such a determination could also point to either the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex or the anterior orbitofrontal cortex as therapeutic targets.

Fill out our Anxiety Questionnaire and discover how Dr. Taras Odulak can help you manage your symptoms.

East Village Fire in New York City

On March 26th, an explosion caused two buildings to collapse only a few buildings away from East Village Chiropractic. We felt the blast under our feet while patients were in office. First responders arrived immediately; police barricaded the street and asked us to evacuate. They worried about the domino effect as the fire was wrapping around the corner toward our office. I actually took these pictures from my parents’ patio across the street from the office and watched as firefighter dug a whole into the ground in front of the stoop of the office, so he could access a gas line.

At the end of the night, I returned to the office and found it full of smoke. Today, I am at the office to begin our own clean up, so we can open our doors on Monday.

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Brain Training in School Diminishes ADHD

“I know there is a better way to treat children with learning challenges. I look to the brain waves for the answers and treat without medication!”

— Dr. Taras Odulak

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With an alarming ratio of one in 10 children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, parents and doctors have been keen to identify alternatives to prescription stimulant medications like Ritalin or Adderall. Some of these options include computer programs that train the brain to increase attention span and a therapy called Neurofeedback where a practitioner teaches children how to keep their brain calm and focused.

In an effort to compare which technique was better, Tufts Medical Center researchers conducted a study in 104 Boston-area elementary school children with ADHD — half of whom were taking stimulants — randomly assigning them to have Neurofeedback or cognitive computer training at school three times a week for five months, or no therapy at all. Both the Neurofeedback and the cognitive training allowed the children to have longer attention spans, but only the Neurofeedback reduced hyperactive and impulsive behaviors, according to the study published recently in the Journal Pediatrics.

While the benefits lasted six months after the therapy ended for the Neurofeedback group, they seemed to decrease a little in the cognitive training group. Research assistants went into classrooms to observe the children without knowing which ones had the Neurofeedback and which ones had the cognitive training or no therapy.

“We found that the children’s improvement on Neurofeedback was equal whether they were on medications or not,” said study author Dr. Naomi Steiner, a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Tufts’ Floating Hospital for Children. What’s more, the children who had the Neurofeedback treatments did not increase their medication dose over the course of a year, while the other two groups increased their dosage by an average of 9 milligrams for the cognitive therapy group and 13 milligrams for the control group, likely because of an increase in height and weight that required a higher dose for effectiveness.

“This finding is extremely important as we move forward because we can tell parents that Neurofeedback could be used as an adjunct along with drugs or as an alternative,” Steiner added.

She was at a loss to name any schools in Boston that currently offered Neurofeedback. That leaves parents to seek it out on their own, often at a significant cost of $3,000.00 or more if their insurance provider refuses to cover the dozens of treatments.

The time investment could also be a deterrent: Children in the study had a total of 40 sessions lasting 45 minutes each that Steiner speculates could be the amount needed to enable the brain to undergo a rewiring of its nerve cells. Such rewiring builds up regions that control self-regulation and impulsive behaviors.

Neurofeedback, a kind of biofeedback for the brain, involves sitting in a chair with electrodes attached to the scalp to measure brainwaves. The goal is to get the brain to relax and focus, and the feedback involves a sort of video-game exercise to, say, make a dolphin go down to the bottom of the sea, a star explode, or a field blossom with flowers — solely through quiet thoughts. Distraction or mind wandering make the dolphin to rise, the stars to dull, or the flowers to wilt.

“Initially, it’s very difficult to get the object to do what it’s supposed to,” Steiner said, “but eventually, kids get the feel of what they need to do to focus and then they’re able to eventually call up their attention in harsher situations like in a classroom.”

Steiner’s previous research determined that Neurofeedback helped alleviate ADHD symptoms in children immediately after they completed training, and future research might investigate how long treatment effects last beyond six months.

“If the brain has been rewired, children might not need a refresher lesson down the road,” Steiner said, “but some have made the argument that children’s brains change so much that they do need maybe half a dozen sessions when they become teens or young adults to regain the feeling of how to focus again.”

If further studies replicate the finding, Steiner said she’d like to see Neurofeedback provided in local public schools to children with ADHD in conjunction with special education services. “I’ve seen an increasing number of families in my practice who are hesitant to start stimulant medications. I think our study suggests that this can be a real alternative.”

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Taras Odulak today and see firsthand how Neurofeedback can help your child stay focused.

Holiday Hours

Week of 12/22-12/26: We are open Monday, 12/22 and Tuesday, 12/23 from 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:45 PM – 7:00 PM. Closed 12/24 thru 12/26 for both Chiropractic Adjustments and Massage.

Week of 12/29 – 1/2: We are open Monday, 12/29, Tuesday, 12/30 and Friday, 1/2 from 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:45 PM – 7:00 PM. Open Wednesday, 12/31 from 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM. Closed on Thursday, 1/1.

East Village Chiropractic wishes you and your family a festive Holiday Season, full of love, peace and Joy! Make an appointment for Therapeutic Massage or a Chiropractic Adjustment, so you can begin the New Year refreshed.

Thanksgiving Week Hours

Our office will be open for adjustments Monday – Wednesday  (10:45 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:45 PM – 7:00 PM). We will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.  There are no Massage Hours this week. We are closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday for Massage.

Dr. Taras Odulak and his Staff wish you and your loved ones a peaceful Thanksgiving!!

We will return to normal practice hours starting Monday, December 1stSchedule an appointment, so you can feel your best during this busy Holiday Season!

How Neurofeedback Enhances Language

EEG capThe first few days of shooting with Alan Alda have confirmed the major inspiration series: that many very different sciences — and scientists — are out there looking for the Spark — even if they don’t realize it. A couple of days ago we were in Oregon, peering with both an MRI and a brain wave monitor into Alan’s brain to find out how he employs it for two of the most distinctively human traits, language and tool use.

It turns out that the areas in his brain involved in both talking and planning how to use a tool are physically extremely close together. Is there an evolutionary connection? We’ll see…

These days with Alan have also confirmed how vital he is to the project.

He patiently endured perhaps an hour in the claustrophobic, noisy MRI scanner imagining how he would use a tool, and another hour in what looks like a swimmer’s rubber hat studded with electrodes watching animated penguins talking gibberish (but grammatically correct gibberish).

Then he conducted lively and probing conversations with the scientists doing the studies — and also made them laugh, something you don’t see too much of in the average science documentary.

Discover how you can benefit from Neurofeedback. Contact East Village Chiropractic to schedule an appointment today.